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Pickr 2023 Holiday Gift Guide: iPhone Owners

Know someone who just loves their iPhone more than anything? Consider something made to keep their love going with iPhone-related gadgetry.

Buying a present isn’t easy at the best of times, what with how much general choice there is for everything, but if you know what phone the person owns, it can get a little easier.

And if that person perhaps digs a phone of a specific brand, say the models made by Apple, you might have an easier time trying to work out what to get.

Manfrotto Pixi Mini Smartphone Tripod

Price: $59

Like all phone owners, iPhone owners rely on their camera to take great photos, but sometimes you just need a bit of help. If you’re capturing a photo with yourself in it and triggering it by a watch or a self-timer, or maybe if you’re trying to use the excellent low-light modes to capture a night sky scene, you need an accessory to help out.

Manfrotto’s Pixi mini tripod is one such gadget, shrinking down the camera tripod for something made to go, and including a small clamp to grip a phone accordingly. It’s the sort of accessory that can improve photos, particularly if you’re buying for someone who wants to find ways to take their mobile photography further.

Twelve South PowerPic

Price: $90

A unique charger made to stay on the desk or table, Twelve South’s PowerPic can support any phone that offers wireless charging, whether it has MagSafe or not. That means the phone support goes right back to the iPhone 8 for iPhone owners, and will wirelessly recharge pretty much every phone Apple makes, bringing one other feature we’ve never seen in a wireless charger: a photo.

You see the Twelve South PowerPic is basically a phone charger with a picture frame in the back, giving you a charging device that serves two purposes: displaying a picture of someone or something important, and recharging your phone.

If you’re buying for the sort of person that doesn’t like it when gadgets sit on a table looking pointless, this peripheral could make all the sense.

Anker 622 Magnetic Battery (MagSafe)

Price: $90

One frustration most iPhone owners share is battery life: the more you use a phone, the less the battery delivers. It’s not unusual to recharge a phone (any phone, iPhone or otherwise) at least one extra time throughout the day, making a power bank an important gadget to keep with you.

If the person you’re buying for owns a recent iPhone, chances are it supports Apple’s magnetic MagSafe technology, which can help attach a power bank with ease.

That’s something Anker’s 622 Magnetic Battery “MagGo” power pack supports, and it also comes with a Stans to help you keep watching things on the iPhone while it charges. It’s another neat power pack idea from a company doing some great power packs already. Because no one likes to stop what they’re doing just to give their device some much needed power.

Belkin BoostCharge Pro for Apple Watch

Price: $140

Another battery pack, Belkin’s BoostCharge Pro power bank skips over the magnetic connection and comes with one different feature sure to impress any iPhone owner who also happens to have an Apple Watch, including an Apple Watch charging pad inside.

Since the Apple Watch requires an iPhone to use it, there’s a good chance that if you know someone with an Apple Watch, they’ve probably dealt with a similar frustration in their wearable and phone alike, and that’s where this handy power bank can help.

Backbone One for iPhone

Price: $179.99

Whether you’re buying for someone with an older iPhone with a Lightning connector or a new model with a USB-C connector, if they happen to be a gamer, Backbone’s gaming controller is a brilliant addition for their gaming needs.

A wrap-around controller that easily snaps into place, Backbone’s controller looks like a proper PlayStation controller and comes with software to let gamers record their gaming adventures and exploits for sharing later. Plus the controller is just a lot of fun to use and really delivers that proper gaming experience to iPhone owners keen to do more gaming.

Apple AirPods Pro 2nd-gen

Price: $399

Still one of the best pair of truly wireless noise cancelling earphones around, the 2nd-gen AirPods Pro bring together some of the best ANC, excellent sound, and if there’s a subscription to Apple Music, support for head-tracked spatial sound, as well.

The AirPods Pro have a distinctive look that everyone knows, but the sound is the reason to come to these earphones, and they are just made for iPhone owners more than anyone else.

Apple HomePod

Price: $479

A truly great speaker made for owners of an iPhone (because you can’t set one up without one), the HomePod delivers solid sound with voice control in a design that truly screams Apple.

One is great, but two delivers a more impressive sound overall, and can make an Atmos sound stage just bring the 3D performance in a big way.

Beats Studio Pro

Price: $549

Undoubtedly one of the best ways to get a Dolby Atmos sound on an iPhone as you walk about the place is to use the Apple AirPods Max, but these are not cheap. If you have nearly a grand to spare on headphones, you’re in a different category from most people, and the AirPods Pro 2nd-gen are as good, if not better.

However, if you know someone who still fancies a bigger pair of headphones and craves the big sound of spatial audio, the Beats Studio Pro could just deliver that without spending quite as much.

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